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Robert Hunziker. Anissa Gray. Clive Thompson.

Frequent contributor to Life Elsewhere, Robert Hunziker says global warming is a fact of life that haunts society with consequences that hit hard, exponentially, but where nobody lives. It is happening hyper fast, and it’s downright scary as major ecosystems of the planet turn upside down in nasty fashion. He goes on to say that none of the ecosystems has the punch of East Antartica adding, Its clout is humongous with a couple hundred feet of fresh water contained in ice. When it rumbles, scientists pay attention. America is fortunate to have a powerful fighting spirit in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). She has strong instincts about the dangers of global warming. She is beating the drums for a Green New Deal, which cannot come soon enough and, in fact, may not come soon enough to save most life on the planet. Meanwhile, Republicans belittle her as foolhardy, not in the spirit of America’s capitalistic enterprise. A socialist? We welcome Robert Hunziker back to the show to share his thoughts and answer questions.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is the striking debut novel from Anissa Gray, a broadcast journalist at CNN Worldwide.  Her book is about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain are also the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trials—as sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attest—but nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat, the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sister’s teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important. Anissa joins Norman B to discuss and explain the story behind the story.

Is Coding the new universal language, like Esperanto? Tech writer, Clive Thompson has answers. In his thoughtful and well-researched book, Coders, Thompson takes on a subject we often take for granted because Coders and Coding are an integral part of our everyday lives. He presents a brilliantly original anthropological reckoning with the most influential tribe in today’s world, interrogating who they are, how they think, what they value, what qualifies as greatness in their world, and what should give us pause. Clive Thompson takes us into the minds of coders, the most quietly influential people on the planet, in a journey into the heart of the machine – and the men and women who made it.

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Show #317

Coming Soon To Life Elsewhere

Life Elsewhere’s stellar line-up of guests continues with an exclusive interview with Ian McLagan, the famed keyboardist for Small Faces and Faces. Edited selections of Norman B’s exclusive interview will air on upcoming editions of Life Elsewhere. The full unexpurgated interview will be available for download only at Life Elsewhere. You’ll hear Norman & Mac reminisce about growing up in post World War Two Britain, the swinging sixties and going to the same art school, discovering the Blues and Mac joining Small Faces, the quintessential Mod band and the crazy non-stop life of a pop star. He talks about the beginning and the end of Faces and gives us a peak into what it was like recording with The Rolling Stones plus the often unglamorous life of being on the road with the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Ian McLagan offers his opinions on Punk, keyboard players he admires and his favorite keyboards. He recounts the ups and the downs, the truths and the untruths of rock ‘n’ roll and why his muse was so crucial in his life. McLagan discusses his latest album United States and his currant musical cohorts The Bump Band, based out of his adopted home of Austin, Texas.

Gary Wright best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison. Norman B explores all of these topics and more in an special interview with Gary Wright.

Erin Arvedlund is a financial writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of the book about the rise and fall of Bernard Madoff, Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie MadoffErin joins Life Elsewhere to talk with Norman B about her latest book, Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors Out of Billions, which documents the interest rate rigging scandals that emerged out of the 2008 financial crisis. Our focus on the financial world continues with Martin Wolf one of the world’s most influential economic commentators, who talks about his new book, The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned— and Have Still to Learn —from the Financial Crisis. Both Erin Arvedlund and Martin Wolf have written books that read like fiction, but as the saying goes: Truth is stranger than fiction. 

Also coming up on Life Elsewhere longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for WiredClive Thompson, who has written Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better. This is a timely look at how technology boosts our cognitive abilities—making us smarter, more productive, and more creative than ever.

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